August 2015

In This Issue

Perspective:
Good Ideas

Pity the poor residents of northern areas of the U.S. and certainly Canada, for if they are barbecue aficionados – as so many of us are – they can enjoy that avocation for only four to six months of the year.

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Retail Penetration

Outdoor Room® Products & Services

At the beginning of June, we sent a questionnaire to 2,200 retailers of hearth, patio and barbecue products. A total of 340 were returned and usable.

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In From The Cold

By Richard Wright

There comes a time when cooking outside in freezing weather is just not enjoyable anymore; that’s the time to do something about it.

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Life Beyond Walls

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Russel Wright’s influence on outdoor living was, and is, profound; he was a man ahead of his time, and only now are we beginning to catch up.

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Chef Du Grill

By Richard Wright

Karen Adler is a cookbook author, a curator and wholesaler of barbecue books, and someone who can help specialty retailers get into the cookbook business.

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Steak!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

A practical primer to selecting, searing, cooking and gifting the nation’s number one choice of meat for the grill.

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2015 June Business Climate

In early July, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products asking them to compare June 2015 sales to June 2014. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 219 useable returns.

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